You’ll often see Thanksgiving feasts that center around turkey and all the trimmings, but if you’re practicing a vegan diet, you may be looking for plant-based alternatives to fill up your holiday table. We’ve rounded up a list of vegan Thanksgiving recipes that will please everyone and added a few money-saving tips along the way.
This quick-and-easy brussels sprouts dish from The Spruce Eats is a great option for any Thanksgiving table and happens to be vegan. Brussels sprouts are in abundance during the fall season, so you’ll often find them on sale either at grocery stores or the farmer’s market, which will help keep dinner costs down. Check your pantry to see if you already have the remaining ingredients on hand. Balsamic vinegar can be an expensive ingredient, but don’t feel the need to splurge for this recipe. When you cook down the vinegar into a reduction, you’ll concentrate the flavor for a richer taste.
Roasted carrots are a simple way to add more vegetables to your plate, and the warming spices will add some flavor, too. Check out this recipe for maple-glazed carrots from Go Dairy Free for a recipe that you can easily prepare the day of your holiday meal. To save time, have kids wash and peel the carrots the day before. If you don’t have the warming spices on hand, consider buying a pre-made spice blend to use instead, which will help you save a few dollars at checkout.
Risotto is a hearty dish that can easily be used as a side dish or main entrée. Butternut squash is a traditional fall vegetable, but many recipes can be adapted to include any other seasonal vegetables you enjoy. Get creative by adding roasted mushrooms or sauteed leeks to this recipe for vegan butternut squash risotto for additional nutrients and flavor. Increase the amount of rice you use to make this recipe feed a larger crowd on a small budget.
This hearty vegan winter lentil stew from Budget Bytes will feed a large crowd and fill your home with the comforting smells of a holiday meal. Using in-season vegetables helps keep costs down, while lentils are an affordable way to add bulk to the dish. To save some money, seek out bulk bins at your local grocer when buying grains like lentils. They’re often cheaper than pre-packaged alternatives. By storing them in reusable containers like mason jars, you can cut down on single-use plastic, too.
If you’re looking to wow your guests with a show-stopping main dish, ditch the meat and opt for this mushroom wellington recipe from Feasting at Home. Many grocery stores carry pre-made vegan items, like the puff pastry used in this entrée. Use an assortment of mushrooms to add a variety of flavor and mix more expensive varieties with less expensive options to keep costs down. Again, utilize bulk bins to purchase the exact amount of ingredients you need, which will help eliminate food waste and lower your grocery bill.
Don’t forget to round out your holiday meal with dessert. These vegan pumpkin sugar cookies from Minimalist Baker are the perfect treat to keep on hand for visitors or to package up and send home with your guests. Stock up on cans of pumpkin before the holiday season hits, and look for coupons for vegan-specific items, like plant-based butter, to get the best deals.
Celebrating Thanksgiving with a vegan dinner doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive with these recipes and money-saving tips. For more financial tips and tools, visit our WalletWorks page.